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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596684380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596684386
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"MacDonald and LaBarre, authors of New England Knits (2009) and the e-book Wool Book One, have put together a book of original hat-pattern designs and instructions. The size of the projects allows for 'near instant gratification' and makes for portable opportunities to try out new techniques and yarns. Of course, they make great gifts, too. The book includes 25 patterns by 19 designers, and the authors. The hats are cute, clever, fun, fashionable--all with texture, character, and whimsy. Almost all of the projects are four pages, with instructions, tips, and techniques, and featuring multiple photos of the hats modeled by men and women. Projects are not assigned skill levels, perhaps because they are 'weekend' projects. The table of contents lists the designer and has small pictures of each project for easy reference. Knitting techniques with illustrations follow the projects. Dusty autumn pastel page backgrounds help increase page browsability." - Lani Smith, Booklist

"When I first saw this book I thought -'Hooray, New England Hats!', but no, it's not a book of hat designs by New England Knits authors, Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre. The authors do contribute two patterns each to this book, and it turns out, they are just as good at picking folks to design hats as they are at designing them themselves. This book has 25 hat designs by 19 different designers. Texture, colorwork, lace - whatever you most love to knit or have wanted to dabble in, you'll find it here. I have a deep-rooted fear of Fair Isle, but Gudrun Johnson's Hued Toque is calling me. There are hats for men and women, and hats that would suit both. Hats that are more decorative and hats that are cozy warm. The variety of design is huge, and if like me, you're a little bit tired of chunky everything, not one of these hats is knit out of chunky or bulky yarn - Hooray!" - Jillian Moreno, Knitty.com

"Got a few hours to spare? Then you'll need a copy of this fab book! The 25 head coverings (in an array of styles) are all designed to be knitted in a weekend, so they're perfect projects for short trips away, winter weekends hibernating at home or just when you're taking breaks from larger projects. This all-in-one resource includes hats for all skill levels." - Knit Today

"Easy-to-follow instructions... This book provides so many different styles of hats, you'll find yourself with a brand new one every week!" - Knit 'n Style

"The results are as varied and tantalizing as you'd expect from the high-class contributors." - Yarn Market News

"I am really impressed. The book includes hats from more than 20 designers, and I feel like I would make and wear almost every one." - CloseKnit Portland

"Add a little panache to 25 stylish hat designs with tips for getting creative with specialty yarns and embellishments." - Crafter's Choice Book Club

"An incredible anthology of hat patterns by my favorite designers." - Fuschia Knits Blog

"Lovely collection of 25 new hats from a list of well-loved designers." - Knit Circus Magazine - Gifts

"I do admire a nice knit hat when I see it and there's no arguing this collection is full of them." - KnittingScholar.com

"Texture, colorwork, lace - whatever you most love to knit or have wanted to dabble in, you'll find it here. The variety of the designs is huge." - Knitty.com

"The Ruche Beret is also truly a weekend project. You can start one day and finish the next! It's a fast one." - SusanBAnderson Blog

"The hats are cute, clever, fun, fashionable--all with texture, character, and whimsy." - Booklist

About the Author

Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre are well-established independent knitwear designers and the authors of New England Knits.
Cecily Glowik MacDonald's designs have been featured in Interweave's Knitting Green,Knitted Gifts,Color Style,Simple Style, and Classic Elite Yarns Collections. Cecily has also designed for Interweave Knits,Knitscene,Knit.1,Knit Simple,Vogue Knitting,Cast On, Creative Knitting, as well as her blog cecilyam.wordpress.com.
Melissa LaBarre's designs have been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit.1, and Twist Collective, as well as design collections for Quince and Co, St-Denis, Fibre Co, and Madelinetosh. She blogs about knitting at knittingschooldropout.com.

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Customer Reviews

I love this book....many different and fun hats to knit.
Dineen R. Garon
From the advanced beginner to experienced knitters, you will find the hat that you are thinking of.
Wolfie
So far the patterns have been well written/easy to follow.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Samiam on October 14, 2011
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FINALLY! A great hat book with beautiful, functional AND well designed hats. This book has satisfied my quest for the perfect hat book. The designs in this book are varied and creative without going way overboard and too heavy on design. I can literally say that I could see myself knitting all but maybe one or two of the 25 designs that are offered. The patterns are very well presented with clear instructions as the knitter progress from one element of construction to another. The pictures are beautiful to look it as well as providing clear concise pictures of all elements of each pattern. Each pattern also provides a 'tips & techniques' section related to knitting hats. There is a 12 page glossary of basic knitting instructions - just the right amount of information. There is 2 pages dedicated to highlighting the 19 or so contributing designers. Each has provided web information and a little information about themselves. I can't wait to jump in and start knitting!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Our Lady Bon Bons on November 25, 2011
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Love this book! I finished the Brier Toque and it looks great! I am starting the Wanderer cap next. The directions are very clear and there are lots of good pictures so I can understand how it's supposed to turn out. The styles of caps are really cute and stylish. There are only a couple that I doubt I would make. I am a long-time "advanced beginner" and it's great to be able to complete a project quickly and have it look just like the pictures. Love it!! Highly recommend.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2011
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This book of delightful hats to knit is just perfect for the winter months ahead. It includes 25 patterns that are 'variations on caps, berets, beanies, cloches, hats, toques, tams and snoods ranging from feminine to sporty'. There is a hat in here for everyone. The patterns are enticing, the instructions clear, and the book is a good resource for hat knitters everywhere.

My favorites are Wanderer Cap with a bold zig-zag pattern knit in a gold color, Everdeen Beanie with allover scalloped lace knit in a lovely blue, Chroma Cap that reminds me of Peruvian and Norwegian patterns, Hued Toque with 'small bands of color in this slouchy hat' suitable for a man or a woman. The Annex Snood is adorable. It is knit with an open-lace pattern and lightweight yarn and can be worn year-round. The layered Cloche in a puprlish hue has an unusual shape and covers the wearer's ears for warmth.

All in all, the patterns are great, easy to read and the book is a wonderful resource for hat knitters.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RepelloMuggletum on February 20, 2012
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My friend gifted me this book for my birthday. It's a nice little addition to my knitting library, and I'll likely knit several of the hats from it. I like the variety it has--much more than the usual beanie or ski cap hats. Many use a basic shape but add a special stitch pattern for texture, while others are quite unique forms.

One element in the plus column for me is that the patterns list the specific yarn used for the sample in the photos, but also include the weight of the yarn and the yardage in the skeins. A pet peeve in knitting books is patterns that assume you'll be using the featured yarn (which I likely cannot afford). I appreciate books that don't force me to scour the Internet trying to find weights and yardage to determine an appropriate substitute.

I'm subtracting a star because most of the hats with cables or other textures give only charts for the pattern repeats. I detest working from charts and wish that both the charts and written instructions had been included.

Update of 8 May 2012: After having knitted several hats from this book, I'm sticking with my four stars. The projects are cute and the patterns are accurate. I haven't encountered any significant errors. However, I should note that the gauge for these patterns seems really off. On the advice of other knitters on Ravelry who have knitted some of these hats, I've gone down one to two needle sizes to get the correct finished sizes. For the Ruche Beret, though, even at one needle size down the hat was ridiculously huge (as in so large that two people could have worn it at the same time). I ended up felting it just to shrink it to a wearable size. I'm not sure who the testers were for this book, but they must all be incredibly tight knitters. I seldom have to vary my needle sizes from those given in patterns, even in the round, so having a whole book of hats that turn out too large seems a tad unusual.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Hastings VINE VOICE on January 25, 2012
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Loving this hat book. Looking through it, I think: "Why is knitting so slow?" The hats are too cute in this book. There are about 3 designs for men, if you're wondering. That's unfortunate, but I forgive because the hats for women are darling! You've got your choice of Berets, Beanies, hats with pom-poms ,a Snood hat, Tams and many more. One of my favorites is the Earflap hat. Yes, I am pleased. Weekend hats? Well, one must be very diligent with the needles, but I'd say, yes, you could get a hat within a week-end. I took week-end to mean huge cables and bulkiness, but that's not the case here. The designs are contemporary and stylish. Tips and techniques, included. This was a great choice for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sherri on November 30, 2012
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I have made one hat from this book and carefully considered about 7 other patterns. I agree that it has a good variety of hats for adults and that they could be accomplished in a weekend by an experienced knitter. I consider myself to be an intermediate knitter and found these instructions to be very clear. With this book I learned how to read the pattern charts and the drawings in the back are well detailed. I did not see any instructions that I didn't understand, although I often do when I look at complicated patterns from other sources. I agree with another review that the gauge seems off and I took out my first attempt after knitting 1-1/2 inches because the size seemed wrong, but my second attempt with different sized needles worked well. Also I was not especially inspired by the hats completed in the book and it took me 6 months to actually start using it after I bought more luxurious yarns. I have thought that she chose her yarns by ones that make the patterns easy to see in the photographs, rather than hats that one would want to wear. I absolutely love the hat that I made using this book.
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